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Balancing idea with program and that includes an interesting, student-friendly writing kind, the 9th variation of COMPARATIVE POLITICS makes use of a distinct theme-Domestic Responses to international Challenges-to introduce key ideas and look at the growing to be interdependence of robust and susceptible states. COMPARATIVE POLITICS takes an in-depth examine ten nations and the eu Union, framed inside broader discussions within the part-opening chapters on Industrialized Democracies, present and previous Communist Regimes, and the worldwide South. The creation establishes a comparative constitution in response to 5 subject matters: clash, democratization, monetary liberalization, globalization, and demanding situations, that are then explored for every state. The nations mentioned are classified by means of fiscal improvement, assisting scholars hone their talents of comparability, synthesis, and interpretation by means of learning international locations of comparable financial prestige. With this uniquely potent textual content, scholars can achieve an knowing of vital political tendencies and ideas, an publicity to politics in a couple of international locations, and a wish to dig extra deeply into the attention-grabbing box of comparative politics.

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Most of the men who were to forge the first liberal democracies were more inclined to agree with Hobbes, even if they were not quite as pessimistic about human nature. In other words, although they understood that the trend toward individualism could not be stopped, they recognized that it had to be balanced by the creation of a strong authority for the protection of all. Meanwhile, industrial capitalism was fast becoming the dominant economic system, which reinforced the shift toward more democratic government.

But roughly 40 million uninsured Americans have to fend for themselves, and perhaps as many with only minimal coverage get anything but high-quality health care. This disparity is one of the reasons at least twenty countries have a lower infant mortality rate than the United States. THE WEAKENING A M E R I C A N S TA T E ? N o one has done a definitive study of the strengthening or weakening of the American state in recent years. However, there is a rough consensus that it is not as effective as it used to be, if by that we mean it is less able to define policies that tackle social and economic problems in a reasonably consistent manner.

All, too, have imperfect ways of holding elected officials accountable, which, after all, should be the essence of democracy itself. Yet almost every government claims to be a democracy. Theoreticians weave elaborate arguments justify- ing why just about any regime could be considered democratic. For some, democracy revolves around the personal freedoms valued in the West. For others, personal freedoms are not enough; there has to be a substantial degree of economic equality as well before people can realistically hope to exercise those rights.

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